Rainbow Canyon [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

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Lovell, Wyoming

Rainbow Canyon [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lovell, Wyoming that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips.

Length1.8 miElevation gain321 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsrunningViewsWildlifeScrambleNo shadePrivate property
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Getting There

Rainbow Canyon is a unique, colorful set of short but steep canyons just off of Highway 14A at the base of the Big Horn Mountains.

To reach the road & trail to Rainbow Canyon, head East out of Lovell, Wyoming and turn right/south after 20 miles (about 2 miles before the steep switchbacks on highway 14A / Five Springs Campground). Coordinates for the two-track road to turn onto are 44.792193, -108.019770.

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Justin S
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Private property access blocked.

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Joseph Baskins
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Private property

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Ronald Golembiewski
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cool hidden gem. you do have to cross private property to get to the canyon. I would recommend going in the morning, the afternoon noon sun is relentless. bring plenty of water the canyon is dry this time of year.

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Gregory Jones
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Short, fun scenic hike. The map shows the trail starting out at the highway (US 14A) but you can drive a car on the unimproved dirt road to a small parking area just before Five Springs Creek and start walking fr om there. The hike starts with an easy ford across the creek which usually doesn't have much water in it. It could be a problem at times of highwater during spring runoff or during summer storms. I modified the route by staying on the canyon rim and not going down to the canyon floor. I just followed the old road out to the look out point on the west side of the canyon. Thc "canyon" is a deep ravine cut in colorful Lower Creatceous and Jurrasic shales, claystones, siltstones and sandstones famous in Wyoming for dinosaur fossils. In my modification of the hike there is very little elevation change.. Very pleseant desert hike but I wouln't recommend it in the heat of summer.

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David Platt
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What an otherworldly experience! Right off the highway but extremely secluded. Was the only one there and saw no other signs of human activity. If you decide to descend into the canyon / wash, depending on your route you *may* have difficulty getting back out. I may have chosen a bad path, but it was a substantial challenge returning along the steep, crumbling dirt that I used to enter and had to find an alternative route that involved scrambling on a different, crumbling incline. Still gave the hike 5 stars for the adventure :)

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Jeff Hartman
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